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The Agincourt Bride [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Hickson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The critically acclaimed story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory.

Her beauty fuelled a war.
Her courage captured a king.
Her passion would launch the Tudor dynasty.

When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court.

Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.
But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France.

Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?



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‘Gripping and emotional.’ Woman

‘Superb…a real find.’ The Bookseller

‘Captivating.’ Woman’s Own

About the Author

Joanna spent twenty-five years at the BBC writing and presenting for radio and television.
Gripped by Shakespeare’s historical plays, Joanna began researching the King Henry V’s ‘fair Kate’ as a schoolgirl and the story of Catherine de Valois and the Tudor genesis has remained with her throughout life.
Joanna Hickson lives in an old farmhouse in East Lothian and is married with a large family and a wayward Irish terrier.


Product Details

  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IWSX5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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Agincourt refers to a battle between France and England. The English, led by Henry V (he of Shakespearean fame) came to glory and victory through their use of longbowmen. In Hickson's novel, Agincourt is barely a blip in the life of Catherine of Valois. But the battle drives much of the journey taken by this French princess, who would become Henry's wife and mother of Henry VI.

Instead of telling the story through Catherine's own eyes, or even that of Henry's or any other aristocrat, Hickson wisely chooses to tell Catherine's story through the eyes of her trusted confidante Guilliamette, aka Mette. Starting as Catherine's wet-nurse after the early death of her own newborn, Mette continues on through long years to remain close to the princess and to events at the court. While each woman is a product of the age in which they live (e.g. neither is a feminist, or warrior--neither can escape the experience of ugly personal physical abuse at the hands of vile males), yet each manage to move past this experience, and all the need to survive in an ever-changing maelstrom of fortune and disfavor. Both Mette and Catherine manage to carve out rich and rewarding lives for themselves.

Mette may be the narrator--and a very good one she is--but this is Catherine's story. After spending her early childhood in a convent, Catherine then becomes a pawn. waved in front of the invading Henry V as a potential bride, while the French courtiers decided whether or not placate the English or not. When Catherine first meets Henry, she is taken with him (more than she thought she would be) and he is obviously also pleased with her. Finally they marry as part of a treaty. But this is not a love story.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance and was fully rewarded. March 12, 2013
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction because I can go back and actually learn something later when I research what parts were true. Anyhow I got this book because the reviews though few, were very positive. I took it with me to Mexico and probably almost ruined my husbands romantic getaway because I could not put it down. I hate to admit I haven't read a lot about Henry V or Catherine of Valois though I knew of them. This helped pique my interest in who they really were and I've learned a lot of history after I researched it. The book was well written and fascinating. I highly recommend it and I am now awaiting the second book to come after. Catherine was an amazing lady who though maybe a pawn earlier in life was finally able to shape her life into her own making. She was able to find love and start a dynasty of royalty that sparked the War of Roses. Awesome book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably good March 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
So much historical fiction is so lightweight that it's really just historical romance, and so poorly-researched that it's safest to brace oneself for the worst just in case the worst eventuates. So it's rather a shock when something turns out to be brilliant.

I read The Agincourt Bride immediately after Anne O'Brien's novel about Catherine de Valois, The Forbidden Queen. That was good, competent historical fiction, but The Agincourt Bride is better. It's actually completely different - instead of commencing around the time of Catherine's marriage to King Henry V of England, it ends there. It's basically a novel about France in the early fifteenth century, as the mad King Charles VI - he who at times thought he was made of glass - descends into imbecility, leaving France without a strong monarchy. The inevitable result is factions of feudal princelings competing for power, killing one another, and basically doing anything other than governing in the interests of the people.

The story is told in the first person by Mette, wet nurse, servant and ultimately devoted companion to Catherine de Valois. Writing a historical novel in the first person by a fictional servant/lady in waiting to a queen is a clichéd device, so it's to the book's credit that it works perfectly and doesn't seem at all cringeworthy. Mette regales the protracted warring among France's princes and their Burgundian cousins, and, as per the usual with this device, has her own familial joys and sorrows - although for some reason this too doesn't seem clichéd.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very mesmerizing March 14, 2013
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Historically accurate and enjoyable reading , could not put it down . I would reccomend this to any one interested in the early 1400's in England and France .
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In your face, evil monks! September 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of historical fiction told in first person by a young woman out there. Too much, I'd say, because when something becomes a trend, everyone who's ever written as much as a "Dear Diary!" feel themselves a potential (self)published author and goes off to write more "intimate accounts" of famous women in history, or rather thinly veiled self-portraits.

This is not the case with this book.

Written only in recent years, this book has a lovely oldfashioned romance feeling to it, something reminicent of Dumas, even. There's the damsel in distress, the uncaring mother, the more-or-less handsome prince, the evil and powerful adversary.
The story of Catherine is told by her nurse and companion, so it is not only the story of royalty and power but also the little people - the servants, the merchants, the stable boys...
The book is written in a whimsical, full of humour, at times a bit too modern, style, without ever stepping off from the realm of professionalism and research.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written
Love reading this book, and loved the characters. Can't wait to read the sequel.
You won't be disappointed in this read!
Published 1 day ago by historyseeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed, it is historically correct too.
Published 4 days ago by Beryl Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction!
The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson highlights the many reasons I love historical fiction. I was swept away to another time and place and into the life of Catherine de Valois who... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Darlene
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What an epic book! Starting with the narrator giving quite an intro and then the book completely jumps into the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kristin Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A view of the French court
I don't know how much of this historical fiction is based on fact, but it was interesting to read about the intrigues of the French court in the days of crazy King Charles. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jeanette Dothager
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good and informative book
I really didn't want this book to end. It was entertaining and enlightening and very well written. I recommend this book highly for casual reading. Maxmontgomery
Published 18 days ago by Max Montgomery
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Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was fun reading did not to put down
Published 23 days ago by cd
4.0 out of 5 stars Catherine de Valois
I have noticed a lot of historical books in this particular vein lately - the story of someone historically well known, but told from the fresh perspective of a more ordinary... Read more
Published 24 days ago by MElise
5.0 out of 5 stars The Angincourt Bride
Wonderful story! I felt like I was standing in a room and the story was happening around me. Fabulous details!
Published 28 days ago by Julia Gulley
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Joanna Hickson became fascinated with history when she studied Shakespeare's history plays at school. However, having taken a degree in Politics and English she took up a career in broadcast journalism with the BBC, presenting and producing news, current affairs and arts programmes on both television and radio. Now she writes full time and has a contract with Harper Collins for three historical novels. The Agincourt Bride is the first. She lives in Wiltshire, England, in a 15th century farmhouse and is married with a large extended family and a wayward Irish terrier.
Joanna likes people to join her on Twitter (@joannahickson) or Facebook (Joanna Hickson)and says if you can't find her she'll be in her writing room, in the 15th century!

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